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Passing Game Dooms JV Wildcats
September 27, 2013Splendora High School
LIBERTY, Tx - The Splendora Wildcat passing game went well on Thursday night, but could not match the Liberty Panther combination of Valentino Griggs and Malaak Foster.
Foster (#9) pulled down pass after pass in double coverage against the Wildcat secondary. Foster hauled in 9 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown from quarterback Griggs, who was 11-11 on the night for 129 yards.
Splendora's Zach Zweifel completed 5-8 for 81 yards, including a 20 yard TD toss to Ricardo Quintero, but it was not quite enough, as the home team prevailed, 42-20. Quintero finished the night with 2 receptions for 63 yards. The Wildcat running game found yards tough to come by, rushing 31 times for 72 yards and 2 scores. Cecilio Alvarado led the Wildcats in rushing with 31 yards on 6 carries. Alvarado coughed up the ball once. Tailback John Kelly found the going tough, managing just 20 yards on 12 carries.
Liberty took the opening kick off and marched 60 yards on 9 plays, using 10:46 of the 1st quarter. Griggs to Foster from 13 yards out was the scoring play. The PAT was blocked by Splendora and the Panthers led, 6-0. Splendora came right back with a 73 yard touchdown drive, as Quarterback Zweifel snuck in from 2 yards out. Jonathan Rodriguez's PAT was successful and the Wildcats led, 7-6.
Liberty scored again with 2:03 left in the 1st on a 50 yard run by Griggs. The 2 pt try was good and Liberty lead. The Wildcats got the ensuing kickoff and Hunter Carslile returned the ball to the Wildcat 34. Splendora put together a well executed, 66 yard drive for another touchdown, as fullback Jose Martinez plunged in the end zone fromthe 2 yard line. Rodriguez's point after was true and the game was tied at 14, with 6:32 to go before intermission. The Panthers would take the lead before the half, 21-14.
The second half was a bit sloppy, with 7 penalty flags thrown, which hurt the Wildcats chances to mount a serious comeback attempt. The Panther's defensive lineman, #55 DeAndre Cade was stout, making running the football difficult for Splendora.
The Panthers scored on a fumble scoop and run which covered 24 yards. LBer Jason Hollingsworth's sack of Zweifel just as he was about to connect with an open Quintero, stopped a Wildcat drive. Zweifel limped to the sideline, but did return to the game. With 2:26 left in the 4th quarter, Zweifel found Quintero, who had beaten his coverage, for 20 yards and a Wildcat touchown to narrow the gap to 35-20. Just 11 seconds later, after an onside kick attempt, Panther Carleton Godfrey (the fastest player in the program according to the Panther coaching staff) raced 48 yards to close the scoring.
Mateo Sloan was a hitting machine for the Wildcats, as he punished runners with 11 tackles, 6 solo and 4 for losses. Kelly was busy on defense as was Carslile and Erik Garcia.
The JV will entertain the Cleveland Indians next Thursday at Wildcat Stadium. Kick off is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.